For the most part, mainstream media reporters and journalists have a liberal bias and have remained quiet while Obama abuses the press, like when the DOJ targeted a Fox News reporter, the DHS raided a journalist investigating corruption, and Obama threatened to place FCC monitors in newsrooms.
But every once in awhile, a reporter will rediscover their journalistic integrity and stray from the liberal party line, like when a reporter grilled Obama over his “lie of the year” or when Sharyl Attkisson resigned from CBS over their liberal bias and the burying of her stories on Benghazi and Obamacare.
Now a reporter for the New York Times is calling out Obama for his attack on the freedom of the press.
According to BizPac Review:
At a journalism discussion panel last week, New York Times reporter James Risen wandered off the liberal reservation to brand the Obama administration “the greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at least a generation,” according to a report on the journalism website Poynter.org.
The Obama administration tries to “narrow the field of national security reporting to create a path for accepted reporting,” Risen said. Those who stray from the path “will be punished,” and the media has been “too timid” in responding.
James Risen, who has won the Pulitzer Prize for his work on national security, has a reason to call out the President, as he is currently in a legal fight to protect a source from the administration.
But Risen is missing something, as Obama’s attacks on freedom have not been limited to just the press.
The biggest [threat] to American liberty that The New Times and its brethren are ignoring isn’t Obama stooges keeping tabs on reporters, Bush-era wiretaps, or even the potential for the government killing American citizens overseas without a trial (like the late unlamented Anwar al-Awlaki).
It’s the liberal, progressive Obama era’s constant erosion of freedoms no one ever questioned before that’s the biggest threat – like the freedom of citizens’ groups to take part in the political process without getting steamrolled by the IRS, or the Little Sisters of the Poor to decide what they believe and how they act on it, or the freedom of photographers to decide whose weddings they’ll take pictures of.
While the New York Times is a fairly reliable standard-bearer for the Obama administration, hopefully this is not a one-off occasion, and this reporter will spur others to admit what the rest of America has been seeing for years. We can only hope that more reporters remember they are supposed to be unbiased observers, reporting the facts while digging for the truth.
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